Preparations underway to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to Winchester at start of Jubilee year 

Hampshire County Council is preparing to welcome His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to Winchester next Thursday 10 February – marking the start of the Authority’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022

Feb 4 2022

His Royal Highness will unveil ‘Licoricia of Winchester’, a new life-sized bronze statue of a prominent medieval Jewish woman, designed by award-winning sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The artwork – organised by the Licoricia of Winchester Trust - will be located outside The Arc Winchester (formerly Winchester Discovery Centre) on Jewry Street, the historic centre of the city’s Jewish community, and where Licoricia was known to have lived. 

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “It is an incredible honour that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is set to visit Winchester at the start of this historic Platinum Jubilee year. We feel immensely proud and privileged to be hosting this prestigious event - launching our Jubilee celebrations with the unveiling of this beautiful new statue. ‘Licoricia of Winchester’ promotes the extraordinary history of the city, including its lesser-known Jewish connections. The artwork will be a wonderful new attraction, promoting themes of tolerance and celebrating diversity.  

“The Royal visit to Winchester will mark the start of Hampshire’s Jubilee year, with commemorative events being planned across the county. The County Council has set out plans which will offer people lots of ways to participate in the festivities, including through activities in schools, libraries and countryside sites.” 

Spectators are advised to gather at either The Arc on Jewry Street or near to Castle Avenue near The Great Hall from 11:30am. There will be traffic and event stewards in place during the visit, supported by Police officers to ensure a safe and secure occasion. Winchester is expected to be busier than normal and there will also be road closures in place along the length of Jewry Street and Tower Street. A signed diversion route will be in place. The advice for anyone coming into the city that day is to travel in by public transport, use Park & Ride, or to walk where possible.

Hampshire’s historic Royal visit will be held the same week that marks the start of the nation’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign. The Queen ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952.  

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